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Marvin Jones | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 198
College: California
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 5 (166) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Marvin Jones (hamstring) was added to the Lions' Thursday injury report, getting in a limited session with a hamstring issue.
Jones must have tweaked something in Thursday's practice. There's currently no reason to panic, but Jones' Friday status will be key. Jones has a history of (minor) hamstring issues. Sit tight, but at least start contemplating a back-up plan. Sep 29 - 4:34 PM

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Marvin Jones caught 6-of-8 targets for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Jones easily found space down the right sideline all game. He got open against tough coverage for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter, found the soft spot in the Packers’ zone coverage for several chunk gains, stiff-armed a stumbling corner to the ground for a 73-yard touchdown late in the first half, and got the Lions within one score late in the fourth with a 35-yard touchdown. The Lions could not complete the comeback, but it was not for lack of effort from Jones. He blew past his previous career-high in yardage, and an even bigger day bounced off his hands on a diving attempt in the end zone. Jones has proven himself to be the clear No. 1 in Detroit. He will be a borderline WR1 next week against the Bears.
Sep 25 - 3:57 PM

Marvin Jones caught 8-of-11 targets for 118 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

The verdict is in, and the Marvin Jones-over-Golden Tate truthers won. Jones has now amassed 21 targets through two games, and he was almost unstoppable Sunday versus Tennessee, making catches at all areas of the field. Very often drafted as a WR4 in fantasy leagues, Jones needs to be upgraded to a WR2 going forward. The Lions' Week 3 visit to Green Bay has some shootout potential.
Sep 18 - 5:48 PM

Marvin Jones secured 4-of-10 targets for 85 yards in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Colts.

He led the Lions in Week 1 targets and also made the biggest play Detroit produced all day in the passing game, good for 32 yards. Golden Tate came out on top in receptions with seven. Jones is the superior big-play threat and should lead the team in receiving yards most weeks. Jones will be a WR3 play with WR2 upside when the Lions take on the Titans in Week 2.
Sep 11 - 8:16 PM

Marvin Jones caught 3-of-6 targets for 25 yards in the Lions' third preseason game.

Jones was more involved than Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin. He was featured in the red-zone, but couldn't come down with either of his targets. The Lions should be one of the most pass heavy teams in the league, but they don't have a true No. 1 wideout. Jones will open the season opposite Tate in two-wide sets.
Aug 27 - 9:39 PM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website reports Marvin Jones and Matthew Stafford have had "terrific chemistry" all through training camp.

Twentyman labels Jones the Lions' 1A receiver with Golden Tate the 1B. Jones has secured 5-of-6 targets this preseason for 81 yards and shredded his former Bengals teammates for some chunk gains and acrobatic grabs on the sideline last week. He continues to be a strong sixth- to seventh-round fantasy pick.
Aug 26 - 9:05 AM

Marvin Jones caught 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards in the Lions' second preseason game Thursday night.

Facing his former team, Jones gave Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick all kinds of trouble with superb route running and toe-tapping catches down the sideline. Through two preseason affairs, Jones has secured 5-of-6 targets for 81 yards while looking like the most explosive option in Detroit's offense. Jones continues to be a value pick when he lasts until the late sixth and seventh round.
Aug 18 - 10:32 PM

According to's Kyle Meinke, Marvin Jones has emerged as the Lions' No. 1 receiver.

"And in recent days, it hasn't been all that close," writes Meinke. In Tuesday's joint practice with the Steelers, Matthew Stafford attempted 14 passes in live drills, and Jones was the target on seven. He caught six of the passes, while no other Lions receiver caught more than two. Jones has been "catching everything in his orbit" this summer, and has taken over as Stafford's "favorite target" and the "clear-cut deep threat." Jones has a chance at his first 1,000-yard season this year.
Aug 10 - 9:14 AM

According to the Lions' website, Marvin Jones and Matthew Stafford "seem to already be building a nice rapport."

Jones beat Lions top CB Darius Slay twice for big plays at Sunday's practice, and has reportedly shined in both 1-on-1 and team drills early in camp. "He’s well rounded," coach Jim Caldwell said of Jones. "There’s not too many things that are going to limit him. He can stretch the field, he can cross the field, he’s a very, very conscientious and good route runner, and obviously he’s got good hands as well." Even with Anquan Boldin on board in the slot, Jones is an intriguing middle-round WR3/4 pick with WR2 upside.
Jul 31 - 7:26 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn praised Marvin Jones' ability as a route runner.

"I thought Marvin was a very good route runner," Quinn said. "He’s not just a one-dimensional receiver. He can run vertical routes, he can run short routes, he can run intermediate routes. He’s got very good hands, so I think he’s a guy that can get open and catch the football." Coach Jim Caldwell said Jones brings a "full arsenal in terms of routes" to the offense. Jones was limited as the No. 2 to A.J. Green in Cincinnati, but it is clear the Lions believe he has all the skills necessary to be a true No. 1. He should be given plenty of opportunities to prove them right.
Mar 31 - 9:36 AM

Lions agreed to terms with WR Marvin Jones, formerly of the Bengals, on a five-year, $40 million contract.

The deal contains $17 million guaranteed. It's a nice chunk of change for Jones, who has big shoes to fill as Calvin Johnson's replacement as the new No. 1 receiver. It'll be a more collective effort to replace Megatron, but there are a ton of balls to be caught in OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense. Jones will be the preferred option in the red zone, along with third-year TE Eric Ebron, who the Lions hope will make a gigantic leap. Jones caught 10 touchdowns in 2013.
Mar 9 - 2:53 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Lions have agreed to terms with free agent WR Marvin Jones.

This is why the Lions pushed Calvin Johnson so hard for his retirement decision before the negotiating period opened. Jones will slide in as the Lions' new No. 1 receiver and top red-zone option out wide, keeping Golden Tate in a complementary role as a shifty 1B to Jones' 1A. Jones was the top receiver on the market after Alshon Jeffery was franchise-tagged by the Bears. Jones has 15 career TDs across 43 games.
Mar 9 - 9:22 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer named the Titans, Browns, and Falcons as teams in pursuit of free agent Marvin Jones.

The Falcons' No. 2 wideout need is crystal clear after Roddy White and Leonard Hankerson flopped in the role last year and were released. Jones might have the best chance at target volume in Cleveland, although that obviously wouldn't be the case if Josh Gordon is reinstated. The Titans are a surprise team in pursuit with Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham in the fold.
Mar 8 - 5:50 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports the Browns are "pursuing" free agent WR Marvin Jones.

They won't be the only ones. ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini has already reported that Jones is the No. 1 free-agent receiver on most teams' boards. Jones will be in high demand over the next two days and seems like a lock to be overpaid. Following coach Hue Jackson to Cleveland makes a ton of sense. Jones wouldn't have to learn a new scheme and would be more of a focal point.
Mar 7 - 12:43 PM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press expects the Lions to land Marvin Jones in free agency.

With Calvin Johnson likely headed for retirement, the Lions need a starter to pair with Golden Tate. Jones is the best available option in a weak class of free agent wide receivers. The 25-year-old set career-highs in catches (65), targets (103) and yards (816) this past season. Jones getting overpaid this offseason is a near certainty.
Mar 5 - 3:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Dwayne Washington
4Zach Zenner
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
WR21Marvin Jones
2Andre Roberts
3Aaron Dobson
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Cole Wick
3Orson Charles
4Khari Lee
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
K1Matt Prater